What is Liquid Rated Packaging?

When you're shipping hazardous materials the term "liquid rated packaging" might come up. So where does the term come from, what does it mean, and why does it matter?   A Quick History   The [...]

By |2017-10-04T14:37:05-08:00October 4th, 2017|Regulations|0 Comments

DOT Hazardous Materials Markings Guide (Chart 15)

The Department of Transportation (DOT) and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published this helpful chart for understanding hazardous materials markings, labeling and placarding. It contains examples of the markings required for shipping hazardous [...]

By |2017-05-11T11:35:15-08:00May 11th, 2017|Regulations|0 Comments

What is the empty/tare weight of an IBC tote bin?

Its really easy to find the empty/tare weight of a tote bin. Tote bins, also called Intermediate Bulk Containers or IBCs for short, are required to list their tare weight in their U/N number. You [...]

By |2016-10-20T14:04:10-08:00September 23rd, 2016|Regulations|0 Comments

Is There a Difference Between an Overpack and Salvage Drum?

Yes! The terms overpack drum and salvage drum are regularly used interchangeably. But, there is a difference between the two. Many of our customers ask for overpack drums when they actually need salvage drums. Overpack Drums By definition, [...]

By |2016-07-20T11:16:35-08:00June 3rd, 2016|Regulations|0 Comments

Understanding U/N Container Markings

The UN container marking system was designed to quickly communicate several characteristics of Hazmat packaging along with information for what can safely be contained in the packaging. This system has been in place in the [...]

By |2016-10-20T14:04:10-08:00March 17th, 2016|Regulations|0 Comments

Difference Between Bulk and Nonbulk Packaging

Whether a packaging is considered bulk or non bulk according to PHMSA/DOT is determined primarily by the capacity of the packaging. You can use the chart below to find a quick answer and continue reading [...]

By |2016-10-20T14:04:11-08:00February 9th, 2016|Regulations|0 Comments

What is RCRA?

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, passed by Congress in 1976 is the source of hazardous waste regulations codified in Section 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) parts 260-279. Congress passed RCRA on October [...]

By |2016-10-20T14:04:11-08:00November 13th, 2015|Regulations|0 Comments

Empty Hazmat Packaging Shipping Requirement Exceptions: Why you should send them to a Reconditioner

In general, an empty packaging that previously contained hazardous materials must be shipped the same way as when it previously contained more hazardous material (49 CFR 173.29(a)). In other words, ship your empty hazmat packagings [...]

By |2016-10-20T14:04:11-08:00November 5th, 2015|Regulations|0 Comments

How Often Does An Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC) Need To Be Retested?

IBCs, also known as tote bins, are tested to make sure that they can withstand normal conditions when transporting hazardous material. IBCs generally undergo three types of testing and periodic retesting. The first is a [...]

By |2015-11-05T09:43:32-08:00October 30th, 2015|Regulations|0 Comments